Train ride, Darjeeling, India

Take a trip back in time to the era of vintage locomotives

Train journey

The essence of a train journey

Indulge in the opportunity to climb on board one of India’s oldest and best known railways. The famous narrow gauge Darjeeling Hill Railway is fondly called the Toy Train and runs across 78 km (49 miles) of Indian terrain. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. The railway is served by the oldest British-built locomotive of its kind that remains in the world. Built in 1881 in an effort to transport passengers to the hills and tea freights to the plains, the train runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling.

This impressive line climbs to over 2 100 metres (6 890 feet) in a series of twists and loops set against a picturesque mountain backdrop. The railway line provides exquisite views of the town of Darjeeling and the Kanchenjunga Mountain, the world’s third highest peak at 8 586 meters (28 169 feet). The original steam locomotive still runs to this day and travels between Ghoom and Darjeeling.

Board a private vintage tram and experience the romance of rail, imbued in old world charm. Pass by the Siliguri bazaar, where you can take photographs of the colourful stalls as the train inches past the. Stop briefly at the original lower terminus of the Darjeeling Hill Railway, where you will find out more about the history of this beautiful region. Next, head to Tindharia, where you can explore the railway workshops before moving on to Darjeeling. Travel through the iconic Kurseong’s bazaar and past The Windemere Hotel, once frequented by British tea merchants and planters. Wind your way straight up to the main street of Kurseong and through other villages before reaching the mountain summit at Ghoom and descending into the charming countryside of Darjeeling. Marvel at the exquisite views of the landscape as the train turns around at Batasia loop and end the tour with a historical walk through the Darjeeling Hill Railway museum.

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